Morning top 5: Trump unaware of son's meeting; whistleblower tribunal; and Malta votes for marriage equality

The top stories this Thursday morning

The US President Donald Trump insists he was unaware of his son's controversial meeting with a Russian lawyer until a "couple of days ago".

Donald Trump Junior had hoped to unearth compromising information on Hillary Clinton.

His father is arriving in Paris this morning, as allegations over his team's links with Moscow continue.


The tribunal looking at the treatment of garda whistleblowers continues later.

It has already heard that false child abuse claims were used to smear Sergeant Maurice Mc Cabe who exposed the penalty point scandal.

Today Judge Charlton will decide whether evidence from the woman who made those claims - known as Miss D - will be heard in public or private.


It is hoped that a bill to allow children to be adopted by their foster parents will be passed in the Dáil today.

The legislation will enable all children to be considered for adoption regardless of the marital status of their parents.

It would also allow married parents to voluntarily place a child for adoption.


People with disabilities will protest outside the Dáil today calling for equal rights.

It is 10 years since the UN Convention on Rights for Disabled People was enacted.

However Ireland remains the only EU country left to ratify it.


The Maltese parliament has voted in favour of marriage equality.

The country's prime minister says it shows Malta has reached an unprecedented level of maturity.

It is the 15th EU member state to allow same-sex marriage, just six years after it allowed divorce.